The word Yoga means to “Yoke”. To bring together. To bring into balance…mind, body, breath. Mind, body, heart. Mind, body, spirit.
The physical poses, along with controlled breathing and practicing stillness has a way of making anyone feel good…whether they can touch their toes or not. It is altogether lovely.
The sister science to Yoga is a practice, or ‘lifestyle,’ called Ayurveda. Ayurveda is one of the worlds oldest holistic systems. It teaches that wellness and good health are based on a delicate balance between, what else?…..mind, body, and spirit. Using herbs, foods, and habits that support your own bodies constitution, Ayurveda is a lovely addition to any health regiment.
So, with that very little introduction to an ancient and vast system, I offer you one of my favorite Ayurvedic recipes that helps support my lungs and warm up my body on a cold winter evening.
This comforting, incredibly nurturing mug of spicy liquid is the kind of thing that I would refer to as “teddy bear food”…..laugh if you must….it is just that warm and yummy.
Golden Milk Lung Tonic
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 small pinch of star anise
- ¾ tsp cardamom
- a pinch or to taste of good cinnamon
- ¾ tsp black pepper
- ¾ tsp ground ginger
- 2 tsp honey
Bring milk to a gentle simmer (be careful not to burn) and add all ingredients except honey.
Stir continually and simmer for about five minutes or until the fragrance is released and the milk appears shiny and rich.
Remove from heat and add honey to sweeten to taste. (I usually start with 2 teaspoons)